If a picture is worth a thousand words, what can these pictures tell us about history? From not-so-innocent Halloween masks to creepy-looking Santas, you might remember some of this nightmarish nostalgia. At the time, these things may be seemed normal. But looking back, these things were a bit much — like scary clowns around kids. Some stories reveal morgues with haunting spirits circulating, and the images were snapped well before Photoshop was created. However, were these camera lovers able to twist the images to morph the lines between reality and fantasy even a century ago? You will have to see the pictures and decide for yourself if the ghosts lingering in the haunting background are real or not.
Nevertheless, the photographs contain some of the darker stories and creepy oddities of the past 150 years. Keep reading to learn about haunting photographs from history that will change the way you look at the things you once considered normal.
54. Say Hello to Early Mickey Mouse Club
When you think of the Mickey Mouse Club, you may think of the cute little song with a catchy rhythm and all of the kids who became stars. However, this photo might change your mind about the Mickey Mouse Club. Before televisions were a staple in people’s homes, those who wanted to watch Mickey Mouse had to go to local theaters to see their favorite cartoon characters. This photo shows hundreds of Mouseketeers — before they were called that — wearing masks while sitting to watch Mickey. We hope that all of the people under the masks enjoyed the show and did not plot mass murder.